Name: Lindsey Rinehart
Occupation: Sales Representative for Queen Bee Distribution; Lobbyist for Portland NORML
When and how did you become an advocate for cannabis?
My first act of cannabis activism was January 1, 2011, in downtown Boise, Idaho, where I attended the Willie Nelson Pot Party, while seeking medical cannabis treatment for Multiple Sclerosis. I was there to learn about a medical cannabis petition called the Idaho Medical Choice Act, and I became heavily involved as a volunteer from that moment. Due to a tragic death in the then Chief Petitioner’s family, I stepped in as Chief Petitioner, and became the Director of Compassionate Idaho, a position that I held for three years before moving to Oregon, for safe access to cannabis to treat Multiple Sclerosis.
How has cannabis benefited your life?
I use cannabis to treat Multiple Sclerosis by orally ingesting full extract cannabis oil or edibles daily. I no longer take 22 pills per day to manage the illness, have lost over 100 pounds due to being out of pain and mobile, and have basically gotten a second chance at life. Advocating for cannabis also taught me how to be more assertive and to stand up for what I believe in.
What’s your greatest achievement for the cannabis cause?
I had been hired by Sirius Extracts to lobby for extractor interests for the 2016 legislative session.
How did that manifest?
I really felt like l made a very large impact last legislative session when I sought and passed an amendment to the “Early Sales Bill,” that permitted extracts in dabbable form for the consumers. I’m also very happy about the accomplishment of running multiple medical cannabis petitions in Idaho, helping throw Idaho H.O.P.E. (Hemp Offers People Everything) Fest, registering thousands of people to vote during that time, and helping change perceptions in that state. It’s not an easy thing to do.
Who do you look up to or admire?
Lee Berger and Leia Flynn of Oregon Cannabusiness Compliance. Lee has worked on Oregon cannabis laws since for at least 30 years, with Leia helping for at least the last five. He was a criminal defense lawyer first, and has mostly switched to cannabis/business law since. He’s had an impact on our cannabis laws for decades.